Dr. Steve Li, Auburn University Weed Scientist, is inviting all growers to the Auburn University/Alabama Cooperative Extension Service Spray Drone End User Conference. The conference will be virtual (via Zoom) on March 18-19, starting at 8:00 AM Central time. Topics include spray drone swath and deposition testing, research update, commercial field operation, spray drone regulation, drift management, precision targeted operations, spray boundary determination, in-season crop analysis, flight management software, mosquito control, etc. Registration fee: $50 ($30 for students, faculty, university and extension system staff).
Questions? Contact Dr. Steve Li, steveli@auburn.edu.  A recoding of the event will be available for registered participants after the conference.

Auburn University/ACES Spray Drone End User Conference

March 18th Agenda

8:00am: Welcome. Steve Li (Extension Weed Scientist, Associate Professor. Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University)

8:20am-9am: Drone Application in Precision Agriculture. Wing Zhong (Product Engineer, DJI Agriculture)

9-9:40am: Efficiency of Drones in Row Crop Application and Optimizing Trailer Setup. Sam Rockwell (President and Founder, Rocoza Ag)

9:40-10:20am: Unmanned Aerial Systems and Their Use in Vector (mosquito) Control. Edward Horvath (Director, Three Rivers Mosquito and Vector Control)

10:20am-10:40am: Coffee Break

10:40am-11:20am: Considerations for Selecting Optimal Application Parameters for Spray Drones. Simerjeet Virk (Assistant Professor and Extension Precision Ag Specialist, University of Georgia)

11:20am-12pm: In-Season Management Using Aerial Imagery: Turning Data into Decisions. Terrance Tauer (Regional Sales Manager, Sentera)

12 pm-1pm: Lunch

1 pm-1:40pm: Commercial Drone Insurance. Vaughn Tolbert (Owner, VT Insurance Agency)

1:40pm-2:20pm: Optimization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Chemical Application Systems in Specialty Crops. Michael Reinke (Viticulture Specialist, Michigan State University Extension)

2:20pm-2:40pm: Coffee Break

2:40pm-3:20pm: Simple and Effective Swathing Methods for Spray Drones. Mark Ledebuhr (Principal Consultant, Application Insight)

3:20pm-4pm: Precision boundaries for spray drones and targeted operations. Nathan Stein (Business Development Manager, Pix4D NA Agriculture)

4pm-4:40pm: Effective Swath Width and Its Impact on Uniform Fungicide Distribution & Performance on Corn. Mattew Vercaigne (NA UAV Venture Lead, Bayer CropScience


March 19th Agenda

8:20am-9 am: Agricultural drone regulations and drift studies. Joanna Wang (Manager of Law and Policy, DJI Agriculture)

9am-9:20am: Targeted Spray Applications with Remotely Piloted Aerial Application Systems. Daniel Martin (Research Engineer, USDA-ARS, Aerial Application Technology Research Unit)

9:20am-9:40am: Coffee Break

9:40am-10:20am: UAS applications in Wisconsin and Flight Management Software for Part 137 operators. Jeramy Williams (Owner, American Drone)

10:40am-11:20am: Auburn Spray/Spread Drone Research Update. Steve Li (Extension Weed Scientist, Associate Professor, Auburn University)

11:20am-12pm: Speaker Panel and Q&A session with DJI engineers

12pm: Adjourn

Please register online at the following link:

Spray Drone End User Conference